African Birds Eye Chili Farming
African Birdseye Chilli (ABE), also known as Birds Eye Chilli(BEC) or Bird’s Eye Chilli is one of the hottest and pungent chilies in the world. Known by the scientific name, capsicum frutescens, the African Birds Eye Chilli originated from Mexico and was introduced to the world by Portuguese and Spanish colonialists, traders, and missionaries. It can be found growing in the wild, in small-scale farms and commercial farms, for local consumption and export to Europe and America.
Grown mostly in Africa and Asia, with Malawi leading the African production of the Birds Eye Chilli. Other African countries that produce the African Bird’s Eye Chilli are Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, and South Africa.
African Bird’s Eye Chilli
Something interesting about the African Bird’s Eye Chilli is the pungency or “hotness” depends on the climate where it is grown, with some countries producing more pungent African Bird’s Eye Chillies than others.
Advantages of the African Bird’s Eye Chili
The African Bird’s Eye Chilli is popular among farmers because of its hardiness and low input costs. It can be grown in marginal areas.